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Tlaloc, He Who Makes Things Sprout

Tlaloc is god of rain and fertility, known for his control of lightning and thunder. As ruler of Tlalocan, a green paradise where it was eternal spring, Tlaloc granted anyone who died water or weather related deaths access to his realm. He was seen as a benevolent god, but when angered, was violent and ruthless, demanding child sacrifices and causing droughts and floods. While being god of rain and fertility, Tlaloc is closely associated with caves, springs and mountains. Alongside child sacrifices, jade, shells and sand were offered to the rain god. He had been married first to Xochiquetzal, goddess of flowers & beauty, until Tezcatlipoca stole her away; then Tlaloc married Chalchiuhtlicue, goddess of rivers, lakes, and streams, and together they ruled over Tlalocan

Hephaestus, God of Fire, Metalworking, Stone Masonry, and the Art of Sculpture

Sing, clear-voiced Muses, of Hephaestus famed for inventions. With bright-eyed Athena he taught men glorious crafts throughout the world,–men who before used to dwell caves in the mountains like wild beasts. But now that they have learned crafts through Hephaestus the famed worker, easily they live a peaceful life in their own houses the whole year round. Be gracious, Hephaestus, and grant me success and prosperity!

Quetzalcoatl, Feathered Serpent, Prince of the Nahuals

One of the four sons of Ometecuhtli, Quetzalcoatl reigns of the West, acting as a god of Light, Mercy, and wind. He and his brother Tezcatlipoca created humanity by sacrificing Cipactli, the earthmonster. As patron god of knowledge and learning, of Aztec priesthood, he invented books and the calendar. Being god of life & fertility as well, he gave maize to his people so that they may flourish and prosper. It is mistakenly thought that the Aztecs believed Hernan Cortes to be Quetzalcoatl; in fact, the myth was propagated by the Spanish after the bloody conquest of the indigenous people.